GOLDEN GLOWS? (2001)
Luisa Browett reviews the Golden Globe Awards presentation and finds that black is back
(so is fruit), but the young ones are notable by absence, while golden oldies dominated
You have to love the Globes for what they are. With several (scripted and unscripted)
references to the sobriety of the audience and bottles of Moet propped up for the camera
you wonder just how much of the alleged debauchery is real. Certainly this year you
didn’t see a hazy-eyed, mascara-streaked Diaz anywhere or anyone misbehaving really.
But then there was one.
"I’m new at this" was uttered a few times during the night, but none
more disturbingly so than by Elizabeth Taylor, who set tongues wagging with her
presentation. The elevator music was pumping in the background as Taylor floundered,
fumbled and was finally assisted in presenting the Best Motion Picture - Drama award. Her
bizarre farewell speech left us wondering why they let her stay out on stage any longer
"The boy from Oz"
Perhaps the question on everyone’s lips was not who was going to take out the top
honours, but who Russell Crowe would be bringing to the show. He came alone, adding fuel
to the rumours that he and Meg are no longer a couple.
There are whispers that they may
have never been - a careful construction of a clever PR company. Not entirely doubtful
considering a year ago Russell became known simply as Russell when he combined bringing
Jodie Foster to the Globes with a brilliant performance in The Insider. Russell actually
called Foster to ask her to the Globes again this year, but his casual "Hey
Jodes" was greeted with a simple "No." The boy from Oz had certainly been
given a touch-up, his trademark ‘bad-boy’ look polished into carefully crafted
messy hair and stylised stubble.
Kate Hudson was refreshingly innocent, young and believably excited when she picked up
her gong for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture. She looked ravishing in a simple
black dress, and indeed black certainly was back this year at the Globes. Kidman,
Zellweger, Bullock and Brockovich winner Roberts looked equally stunning in all black,
proving that elegant simplicity was back in season.
If you weren’t in black then you were surely in the ‘fruits’ - peach,
apricot and watermelon graced the likes of Frances O’Connor, Jamie Lee Curtis and
There were only a few notable fashion disasters - Reese Witherspoon’s above the
knee netted skirt with a rose at the waist did nothing for her, Charlize Theron sported a
few too many rips and tears and the talented Lisa Gerrard (who picked up an award for her
musical efforts in Gladiator) looked to be rugged up for a Russian winter.
Sarah Jessica Parker was nauseatingly unoriginal. Her stammering, ‘stuck for
words’ effort was barely cute last year and it was simply tired this year. She may be
incredibly stylish and somewhat talented but if the woman utters ‘Oh My Gawsh’
while holding her face one more time…
Knowing the lengths Tom Hanks goes to prepare for a role you have to wonder what he has
up ahead. Sporting a disturbingly Hitler-ish moustache and eyebrows Hanks deservedly won
Best Actor in Motion Picture - Drama for Cast Away, and charmed every woman in the
audience when he choked up while thanking his wife Rita Wilson.
"a lippy check"
Renee Zellweger did a ‘Christine Lahti’, forcing Hugh Grant to stall while
she finished up in the toilet. Given the fact they are provided a program, you’d
think the stars could plan a lippy check a little better.
Ang Lee won over the Hollywood crowd with his claim that his wife was the influence for
the feisty women in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Lee won Best Director, and the film
picked up the award for Best Foreign Film.
‘Shamelessly filled with joy’ was Julia Robert’s claim but
‘shamefully filled with gibberish’ may have been a more apt description. She
told us about everything from her broken dress to her cooking to her philosophies on life
and relationships. But as the real Erin Brockovich said she did ‘get it right …
the struggle, the emotion, the cleavage’, picking up her third Globe, this time for
her representation of the hard-working single mum.
Suprisingly, there was little to no sign of the Hollywood young guns on the television
coverage - Gwyneth, Matt, Ben, Winona, Jennifer and Brad were all noticeably absent. The
cameras kept the focus firmly on the tried and trusted Hollywood heavyweights - Kidman,
Pacino (Cecil B. de Mille Award winner), Hanks and Curtis. It was definitely their year at
Published January 23, 2001